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Lisa McTigue Pierce

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While not quite controversial, the results of our first poll on the viability of using voice-assistants to help monitor or control packaging machines or a packaging line were surprising.

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The packaging field advances as fast as it does partly because people openly share ideas, pain points and best practices. Throughout 2019, we interviewed several subject matter experts on key concerns, including sustainability challenges and solutions (specifically...

If you’re in the field of packaging, chances are you’re also well versed in sustainability. You almost have to be because the two concerns conjoin these days more often than not. As we reviewed our best-read articles of the year, we realized that most articles we posted...

Robots, easy-clean machine designs and self-contained automation devices were on packaging engineers wish lists this year—as evidenced by their interest in news about packaging equipment delivering production benefits, thanks to these features.

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Digital healthcare, the opioid crisis and updates to ISO standards for medical packaging headlined our pharmaceutical and medical coverage in 2019. Based on page views, here are the top three articles of the year related to pharmaceutical and medical device packaging:...

You need a strong knowledge base to build a career on. In the highly regulated field of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, we can help. Several “Packaging 101” articles scored well with readers this year, earning mention as some of the top topics of 2019 even though...

Changing to amber lighting in your packaging production room when running pharmaceuticals that require protection from ultraviolet (UV) light takes valuable time that could be better spent producing good product. Is there an easy alternative? Perhaps so.

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With all its trimmings, it can take hours to prepare a traditional holiday meal. But today’s cooks know that certain product packages can lend a hand, making it possible for them to enjoy family, friends and fraternity instead of slaving in the kitchen all day.

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Medical packaging professionals will shortly have a new resource for augmenting their knowledge and skills set. The Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee (MDPTC) of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)...

We’re drowning in plastic packaging waste, according to some sources, and need to act now to fix it. Should we boost recycling rates? Develop non-plastic alternatives? Educate consumers on the many valuable aspects of plastic packaging? Yes, yes and yes.

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As the anti-plastics movement steamrolls across the globe, many consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) are shying away from plastic packaging. Are they leading or following consumers? Exclusive research reveals that consumers expect brand owners to voluntarily replace...

How do you help consumers connect with your product during a holiday of ghosts, ghouls and ghastly creatures? Humanize the packaging! This Halloween, we noticed a trend of brands featuring facial features on their packages. Here’s a fast and fun look at a half-dozen...

As ecommerce sales rise, many brands find they need to better automate their in-house fulfillment and shipping processes. Luckily, packaging machinery manufacturers are stepping up with creative solutions.

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Looking for sustainable packaging options or ideas for foods and beverages? Good news! A lot has been happening in this area lately—from the introduction of a recyclable aluminum cup designed to replace disposable plastic to a blueprint from Dasani on how to improve its...

Such a daring initiative, the new Loop shopping platform is all about reusable/refillable packaging. In June, TerraCycle CEO and Loop inventor Tom Szaky enthralled a standing-room-only audience during EastPack 2019 with his insights into the consumer dynamics fueling...